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Volume 7, Issue 4
September 22, 2004

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Apsel named to TR's list of top 100 innovators

Technology Review magazine has named Asst. Prof. Alyssa Apsel, ECE, one of the world's 100 Top Young Innovators in 2004. Apsel and the other 99 honorees - known as the TR100 - were chosen by a panel of judges from a field of 650 final candidates under the age of 35 whose innovative work has transformed the nature of technology and business. Apsel, wwhose field of research is optoelectronic interconnects for high-performance computing and analog VLSI, will be honored along with the other winners at the fourth annual Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT on Sept. 29 and 30. In addition, the TR100 will be profiled in the magazine's October 2004 issue.

Pope wins NSF ITR grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded Cornell University a grant of $1.4M to perform research on "Algorithms for Large-Scale Simulations of Turbulent Combustion." This is part of NSF's highly competitive ITR (Information Technology Research for National Priorities) program. The principal investigator is Prof. Steve Pope, MAE: other Cornell faculty involved include Profs. John Guckenheimer and Alex Vladimirsky (Math), and Prof. Steve Vavasis and Dr. Paul Chew (CS). The research to be performed is to develop and study numerical and computational algorithms for the computer simulation of turbulent combustion. The project will involve both undergraduate and graduate students from several fields.

Three elected to fellowship in INFORMS

Three engineering faculty members -- Prof. Jack Muckstadt, ORIE; Prof. Christine Shoemaker, CEE; Prof. Mike Todd, ORIE -- have recently been elected fellows of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences). INFORMS inaugurated the Fellow Award in 2002 to recognize several categories of outstanding achievements in the fields of operations research and management science, including academic research in operations research; the practice of operations research; operations research on the management level of organizations; education in the O.R. field; and service to the association and the profession.

Gala celebration to mark opening of Duffield Hall - You are Invited

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the public events celebrating the opening of Duffield Hall on October 6-7. The highlight of the events will be the dessert reception hosted by President Jeff Lehman for the donors and the University community at 8:00 pm on October 6 in the Duffield Hall atrium. This will be a spectacular event you wouldn't want to miss.

Tickets are free, but required, and can be obtained at the following locations:

ORGSPE, Dawn Warren, 222 Carpenter Hall;
Dean's office front desk, 243 Carpenter Hall;
Engineering Undergraduate Programs, Cindy Pakkala, 167 Olin Hall

Tickets are also available in the offices of CNF, NBTC, CCMR, and the Duffield Hall director's office in Phillips Hall. Deadline for picking up tickets has been extended to October 1.

For a complete listing of Duffield events:

Timely news coverage for ESW

The September 2004 Prism magazine, published by the American Society for Engineering Education, includes a feature story on Engineers for a Sustainable World, the national service organization founded at Cornell by engineering alumnus Regina Clewlow. Several ESW projects are described, as well as a course in CEE that also provides opportunities for undergraduates to participate in hands-on, real- world engineering projects that help to reduce poverty and improve environmental, social, and economic sustainability worldwide.

ESW will also be featured in the Chronicle for Higher Education, September 24 issue.

The ESW national conference, Solutions for a Shrinking Planet, will be held Sep 28-Oct 2 at Stanford University.

Career Fair today in Barton Hall

Cornell Career Services will hold its annual Technical & Engineering Career Fair, featuring nearly 100 employers on Wednesday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Barton Hall. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Students should bring resumes. For a list of employer participants, please visit (choose Fall Career Fairs, participants).

EGSA: the organization for Engineering Grads

The volunteer-based Engineering Graduate Student Organization (EGSA) organizes activities for the engineering graduate community. Participation is free and we encourage all new students to join!

Activities consist of regular seminars on topics pertaining to the graduate student experience, technical research and professional development. We also organize various study breaks and sponsor intramural sports teams. Participating and volunteering in EGSA is a great way to make friends in all disciplines of engineering.

To join, sign up to our listserve EGSA-L@CORNELL.EDU (visit for instructions).

Visit our website to find out about upcoming events and other useful information Please email your questions/comments to


Staff updates in the college

Clarissa Dhliwayo joined the staff in Corporate and Foundation Relations as corporate assistant on Monday, September 20. In this role, she will support the planning and tracking of corporate and foundation interactions with the college, including visits, proposal submissions, stewardship and other related activities. Dhliwayo was previously at Corning Inc., where she held a variety of administrative positions for managers in research, IT, and HR. Prior to that, her work experience includes providing administrative support for the office of corporate and foundation relations at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and general administrative support at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

Jocelyn Tubbs also joined the staff on Monday, as dean's office receptionist and administrative assistant to Asst. Dean Deborah Cox. Tubbs has a diverse background in the administrative field, working most recently at CAF (formerly Adtranz) in Elmira Heights where, in addition to providing administrative assistance, she was also material supply specialist and past production planner. She holds a degree in accounting from Corning Community College where she is currently studying American Sign Language.

Harvard's Nelson to present Upson Lecture Series

The School of Applied and Engineering Physics is pleased to announce the following Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor Lecture Series given by David R. Nelson, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard University.

4 p.m., Oct 4, Physics Colloquium, Schwartz Auditorium in Rockefeller Hall
"Spherical Crystallography: Virus Buckling and Grain Boundary Scars"

4:30 p.m., Oct 5, LASSP Seminar, 700 Clark Hall
"Non-Hermitian Luttinger Liquids and Vortex Physics"

1:30 p.m., Oct 6, Biophysics Colloquium, 700 Clark Hall
"Plateaus and Jumps in Single-molecule Biophysics Experiments"

7:00 p.m., Oct 14, Henri Sack Memorial Lecture, Schwartz Auditorium in Rockefeller Hall, sponsored by AEP
"Polymers and Biophysics"

MSE hosts Upmanyu, Anthony

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering will be hosting the following seminars on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in 140 Bard. Refreshments will precede the seminars at 4:00 p.m. in the MSE Lounge, 260 Bard.

Sep 23: Prof. Moneesh Upmanyu, Colorado School of Mines, "Extracting Interfacial Thermo-Kinetics via Atomic- scale Computer Simulations"

Sep 30: Prof. John Anthony, University of Kentucky, "Functionalized Acenes in Organic Electronics: Transistors, OLEDs and Photovoltaics"

Velasco lectures in statistics seminar

The Department of Statistical Science Statistics Seminars are held weekly on Wednesdays in 406 Malott Hall at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments are served following the seminar in 301 Malott.

Sep 22: Mauricio Velasco, Graduate Student, Department of Mathematics, Cornell University, "Algebraic Statistics"

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